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Downtown Bend Library

Downtown Bend

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601 N.W. Wall Street
Bend, OR 97703

Phone: (541) 617-7050
Fax: (541) 617-7083

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The Downtown Bend Library was designed by Thomas Hacker and Associates of Portland, Oregon. The two-story, 38,855-square-foot library opened in 1998 and features exposed beams and high ceilings, complemented with eastward-facing windows, looking over Bend’s civic square.

The library’s large children’s area, located on the ground floor, includes an interactive Early Learning Space. You’ll also find a large community space, the Brooks Room, on the first floor that hosts story times for children as well as cultural programs for teens and adults. The second floor of the library houses teen and adult print and digital materials, as well as public computers, a meeting room, and reading and study spaces. Rotating art exhibitions reflect the talent of the local community. Free WiFi is available throughout the building.

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  • May 26 2020

    12:00 PM - Tuesday - * Registration Required

    Tackle the 6-week Gale Course with a fun group.

    Join a Deschutes Public Library learning circle and discover how to draw. If you've always been interested in drawing but don't really know how to get started, this is the course for you. Gain a solid foundation and understanding of the basics of drawing and become the artist you've always dreamed you could be with this fun and casual learning circle.

    Learning circles are free, peer-led study groups for learners who want to take online courses together in a public space. This circle will follow the Drawing for the Absolute Beginner class offered through Gale Courses, an online learning platform accessed with your library card.

    Two lectures are posted each week with suggested assignments. Learning circle participants will meet virtually via Zoom conference once a week to discuss the lectures and share insights and feedback on the assignments.

    The Learning Circle will meet on Tuesdays, May 12 through June 23. Participants will need a DPL library card to register.

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  • May 26 2020

    2:00 PM - Tuesday -

    Get online help with your technology questions using Zoom.

    Meet one-on-one with library staff using Zoom conferencing software to get help with your basic technology questions. Staff can help you access and use the library's digital downloads including eBooks, streaming TV and movies and magazines; give guidance on common computer software including Microsoft Office and Internet browsers; and general smartphone and tablet operating questions.

    Staff is unable to help with tech-support type questions such as malfunctions, downloads and repairs.

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  • May 26 2020

    6:00 PM - Tuesday -

    ONLINE ONLY
    A link to view this program online will be provided here at 6:00 p.m. Tuesday, May 26.

    Examine significant local fires, both wildland and structural.

    Retired Bend Fire Department Battalion Chief Dave Howe will give an overview of significant fires in the Bend area, both wildland and structural, including the modern Awbrey Hall and Skeleton fires. He’ll explain how those fires changed the way fires of that type are handled, and give tips for how Bend residents can raise their chances for protecting their homes.

    Dave Howe came to Oregon in 1970, after attending college in Ohio, and 8 years later joined the Bend Fire Department where he worked for 42 years promoting through the ranks to Battalion Chief. In that time, he has responded to thousands of structure fires, wildland fires, hazmat incidents, motor vehicle accidents and emergency medical calls. In the last 6 years of his career, he was the Public Information Officer for Bend Fire and Rescue. Dave lives in Old Town Bend with his wife, Barbara Smiley, and they have three adult children scattered around the state. *oo*

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  • May 27 2020

    12:00 PM - Wednesday -

    Hear from librarians each week with a new book recommendation.

    Featured books are from the library's Libby and Hoopla apps so you can start reading! Librarians Paige, Sami, and Graham will help you find new and exciting eBook reading opportunities.

    A link to this online program will be posted here the day of the event.

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  • May 27 2020

    5:15 PM - Wednesday - * Registration Required

    Get an online 30-minute consultation with a local lawyer through Zoom conference.

    Lawyers are able to help with general civil-law questions including family law, employment, housing, estate planning and more. We are unable to help with criminal law questions.

    Advance registration is required and appointment times run from 5:30-7:30pm.

    For more information and to register, email jenniferp@deschuteslibrary.org or call 541-617-7089.

    Spanish interpreters are available with advance notice. Request when registering or call: 541-617-7057.

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    Obtenga una consulta en línea de 30 minutos con un abogado local a través de conferencia por Zoom.

    Los abogados pueden ayudar con preguntas generales de derecho civil; incluyendo derecho de familia, empleo, vivienda, planificación patrimonial y más. No podemos ayudar con preguntas de derecho penal.

    Se requiere registro por adelantado y las citas corren de 5:30-7:30pm.

    Para obtener más información y para registrarse, mande un correo electrónico a rodrigog@deschuteslibrary.org o llame al 541-617-7057.

    Interpretación en español está disponible con aviso previo. Solicite un intérprete al registrarse o llame al 541-617-7057.

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  • May 27 2020

    6:00 PM - Wednesday -

    A link to view this program online will be provided here at 6:00 p.m. on May 27.

    Curators share their experience creating an immersive art exhibition.

    Co-curators Laura Ferguson and Dustin Cockerham will share about the creation of "Infinite Moment: Burning Man on the Horizon", an exhibition about the art and culture of Burning Man at the High Desert Museum. They’ll share their experience attending the event and the process of translating an enigmatic experience into an immersive gallery for visitors to explore and enjoy. The talk will highlight the unique, participatory nature of the art at Burning Man and how this inspired the pieces currently on display at the High Desert Museum.

    Laura Ferguson, Ph.D. is the senior curator of Western history at the High Desert Museum, and Dustin Cockerham is the chief exhibitions preparator at the High Desert Museum.
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  • May 28 2020

    5:30 PM - Thursday -

    Test your literary knowledge!

    Do you consider yourself a bibliophile? A bookworm? A booklover? Well, now is your chance to test your literary knowledge from the comfort of your own home. Grab a pen and paper, a quarantine buddy, and a device with internet access. We’ll go through a couple rounds of questions to see how well you know books. Be prepared for the obscure, the absurd and the obvious!

    Please use this link to join the event: https://zoom.us/j/94565876923

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  • May 30 2020

    3:00 PM - Saturday -

    ONLINE ONLY
    A link to view this program online will be provided here at 3:00 p.m. Saturday, May 30.

    Learn about the history and background of Oregon's fire lookouts and tips on how to visit them yourself.

    Portland author Cheryl Hill will talk about the history and background of Oregon’s fire lookouts, highlight some of the interesting stories she came across while researching "Fire Lookouts of Oregon", and discuss the current state of lookouts in Oregon. She will also have some tips on visiting and renting lookouts.

    Oregon native Cheryl Hill is a photographer, hiker, lookout enthusiast, and lifelong history buff. She works as a librarian in a public library and in her free time she volunteers with the Forest Service and several non-profits, goes hiking and backpacking, and works towards her goal of visiting every incorporated town in Oregon and every standing lookout in Oregon. She is the author of Arcadia Publishing’s Mount Hood National Forest (2014) and Fire Lookouts of Oregon (2016). Visit her website for more information at www.cherylhill.net

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  • Jun 1 2020

    11:30 AM - Monday -

    Gather 'round for a live reading of the beginning of The Night Fairy, one of Oregon’s Battle of the Books title for the 2020-2021 school year.

    This book is available for checkout via Hoopla and Overdrive, free with your Deschutes Public Library card.

    Part one of our three part series around The Night Fairy, a 2020-2021 OBOB selection for grades 3-5.

    Register through the link below.

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  • Jun 1 2020

    6:00 PM - Monday -

    A link to view this program online will be provided at 6:00 p.m. on June 1.

    Pandemics have happened before COVID 19. Learn how residents were impacted by the Great Influenza of 1918 and how our community responded.

    That 1918 flu pandemic killed three to five percent of the world's population, making it one of the deadliest natural disasters in human history. Join Kelly Cannon-Miller of the Deschutes Historical Museum at the library to learn about the influenza epidemic of 1918 and how it affected Central Oregon.

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Page Last Modified Tuesday, April 30, 2019


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